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  • Sep 19, 2014
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South China Sea

Japan to give patrol boats to Manila amid China tensions

Japan plans to donate patrol boats costing US$11 million each to the Philippines, ramping up regional efforts to monitor China’s maritime activity in disputed waters, a newspaper said on Monday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

How a non-existent island became China's southernmost territory

Where is the "southernmost point of Chinese territory"? It's a controversial question and the least controversial answer might be Hainan Island . More controversial options would be the Paracel (Xisha) islands or the Spratlys (Nansha). But officially the southernmost point is even further south - as far south as the James Shoal, about 100 kilometres from the coast of Borneo.

9 Feb 2013 - 6:37am 21 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 5, 2013

China should get involved in arbitration

I refer to the article ("Message in a battle", January 26).

5 Feb 2013 - 2:36am

China must leave its foreign policy to the experts

For years, China's leaders have been struggling to find a new concept to reset, if not redefine, the Sino-US relationship. So far, they has come up with only vague ideas such as "peaceful rise" and, more recently, "a new type of international relations between major countries".

5 Feb 2013 - 3:03am

Soft-power strategy to rebalance Asia

After months of tension over the South China Sea, Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping's meeting with Natsuo Yamaguchi, Japan's envoy and leader of the junior party in the ruling coalition, sends an unmistaken signal that while neither side is persuaded by the other's territorial claim, both realise that escalating confrontations can only make matters worse.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:02am

Philippines to buy 12 South Korean fighter jets

The Philippines will buy 12 South Korean FA-50 fighter jets to strengthen its poorly-armed military amid increasing maritime tensions with China.

30 Jan 2013 - 9:08pm

Japanese PM Abe calls for summit with China amid territorial row

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday suggested a summit with China would improve a relationship that has been badly troubled for months.

“A high-level meeting should be held because there is a problem. If necessary, there might be a need to build the ... relationship again, starting with a summit meeting,” he told a television show.

29 Jan 2013 - 9:29pm

South China Sea code of conduct between Asean and China in peril

If China needed any further excuses to place on the back burner negotiations with Asean over worsening tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippines' actions in the past week may have provided them with one.

29 Jan 2013 - 1:42am

Legal route to resolve South China Sea dispute a political minefield

The legal process begun by the Philippines to challenge claims by China to the South China Sea surprised the region. International arbitration is allowed under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, but the move adds urgency and new elements to a trying political scene.

29 Jan 2013 - 2:55am 6 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 28, 2013

Any fair-minded person viewing China's nine-dash line, that skirts the entire area of sea outside the 12-nautical-mile maritime territory of the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia, would come to the conclusion that it marks a bizarre and assertive attempt to grab territory.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am 1 comment